Leather Restoration – 2 Days

Two Tone and Antique Colour Restoration
These are slightly trickier to colour match, not only do we show you how to match the various types, but you’ll also learn how to create two tone patterns using different techniques. You will then proceed to practice by restoring a chesterfield style piece of furniture.

Preparing Leather
You’re shown how to assess the different conditions of leather to determine what level of preparation is required to restore it. We’ll cover cleaning, identifying areas to be degreased, basic preparation and stripping the colour off.

Unless every drop of grease is properly extracted from the leather, any colour that is then applied might not adhere properly – this could be the most important step of any restoration job. We show you how to degrease leather using a few different methods and how to test to see if the grease has been removed.

Softening Leather
Older leathers, especially classic car seats often become hard and stiff with age. Once the leather has been stripped it can then be softened, in most cases back to its original suppleness. This process isn’t just about using the right product, but using the product in the right way.

Fixing Cracking
Fixing cracked leather is a more involved process than simply repairing a scratch or hole. Using the right process and products you’ll be shown how to repair cracking so that the repair I strong, long lasting and doesn’t alter the look or feel of the leather.

You’ll learn how to assess whether or not Adhesion Promoter is needed to grant adhesion to the leather and/or if it is just needed in certain areas.

Colour Restoration
Once the leather has been correctly prepared and repaired, colour can then be applied to restore the leather back to its former glory.